By coincidence also went to the Renoir last week, must have been in a different screen though as the layout was pretty standard.
Brunswick Square, Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AW
- Russell Square Station (0.2 km)
- King's Cross Station (0.7 km)
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020 7837 1177
8 reviews of Renoir cinema in English
The program is unrivalled. The ticket prices are a little too high which means you will always have at least a row to yourself.
The screens are small, and the auditorium is slanted to one side of the screen because it was originally a single screen now split down the middle into two separate. It’s not good unless you sit in the ‘middle’. The screens are on the small and high side for the number/position of seats.
The major downside are the very noisy seats, sweaking loudly every-time someone so much as breathes. On my most recent visit the auditorium smelt of stale vomit/beer.
When buying my ticket I was warned the auditorium didn’t have aircon. I thought this was strange considering it was 9pm and I needed a jacket outside. About halfway though the place was roasting. They tried to counter this with a normal sized desk fan below the screen. Needless to say, the fan had little or no effect other than to be loud.
The location and the programme are the most common reasons for me to go to the Renoir. The location has improved massively in recent years with the Brunswick centre makeover which includes a lot of useful shops including a huge Waitrose.I really enjoy the bar at the Renoir which has a good selection of drinks and snacks but also its old school glamour feel. One thing that is not great about the Renoir is the seats and the screening room. Seats are not the most comfortable and due to one screen being split in two, years back to accommodate two screens, viewing can be a little uncomfortable.
Really nice cinema - tucked away underground in the Brunswick Centre with comfy seats and lots of legroom. Almost exclusively shows foreign and art movies, but that's by no means a bad thing.
Entry is a little on the high side, but the memberships are well worth taking a look at if you're planning to visit at all regularly. Of course, the big benefit is that the film selection almost completely eliminates any groups of noisy kids with no intention of watching the film!
This is a lovely cinema in a quiet location near to Russell Sq.
They put on very, very good films and I've always liked the decor. Understated, arty. Bar. Large screen!!!
Good places to eat nearby.
Been coming here for years and years and never tire of it.
Maybe I went to a completely different place, but I was about as comfortable as the Michelin Man on a bed of recently sharpened nails; maybe it was my particular screen.
That they have a weekly programme of excellent arthouse cinema is not in doubt, nor is the fact that the bar/cafe area is most tranquil, rather sophisticated and brimming with fine snackage; particularly when compared to the majority of London cinemas.
Another slight gripe was that the seating plan in the room I visited looked like it was part of an art installation, or an entry into "Weirdest Cinema Seating 2010". Most of it was your regular set-up, then on one side there lay a little section all cast adrift on its own like a scorned child, and off at a right angle to the screen. It was quiet, so we didn't need to plot up there, but if it had been necessary then to get a proper view I would've required the neck flexibility of your average Essex dogger.
If you are in to art house or alternative cinema, this is definitely the venue for you, unpretentious, clean and comfortable, the Renoir simply shows a never ending lineup of fantastic films.
Oh yes, and I'm 6'2" and never struggle with leg room!
Go and see whatever is on, they simply don't show bad films!
I went here today to see The Class, and was surprised by its construction. The location is good, and the design is very interesting. The theater itself was clean and comfortable with an entrance upstairs that had racks of world cinema staples for sale. The downstairs is the real theater lobby with a bar and some seating. There are two screens that have a very nice classic feel, and the experience was, overall, one that I would like to have again. Matinee tickets were 7, which is average. I’d go again if my wallet wasn’t so empty!
This is the one. My favourite Cinema in London. Excellent retrospectives, fantastic atmosphere, great auditoriums. When I caught a Sunday matinee showing of ‘The Double Life of Veronique’ about a year ago I knew it was a moment I wouldn’t forget in a hurry. It’s cosy, intimate and there’s plenty of leg room… which being 6ft 4 is important for me! I almost don’t want to tell you about this place… In fact don’t go. It’s rubbish. Honest!!... Ahem.
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Photograph51, 8 November 2008:
Totally agree with you!
I do have one problem, it seems that the air conditioning systems are a bit mad. When I go here, its allways freezing cold in the auditiorium, then boiling hot about half way through, and then cold again when the aircon comes back on at the end. I think they have it on a timer, but its not fun going there in just a T-Shirt!
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